African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule concluding remarks – BRICS Political dialogue

Political Parties from Brazil, Russia, India and China gathered in South Africa, Pretoria for three days and concluded their meeting on Thursday. On the main agenda, closer cooperation and peace. The political dialogue had in attendance over 200 delegates.

“As the BRICS community of nations, we choose to cooperate with one another rather than to engage in confrontation. We strive for peace and friendship, to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiations and not by war,” African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule concluded at the summit.

“Our understanding of globalisation is that it is a social process, and not a natural phenomenon. Therefore in this process of globalisation we are actors and participants in the shaping, or the reshaping, of a social phenomenon.

We can therefore not be dictated to by one actor in this dominant hostile realities of the world of capitalism. This is where people to people relations become critical as an instrument of nation building and formation.”

“We have said that international agreements arrived at must be honoured because the rule of law is paramount for international stability. The reform of institutions of global governance, from the United Nations Security Council, to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, is long overdue and if achieved will galvanise justice and fairness in the way global governance is managed,” said Magashule.

“For us shared global prosperity means that the international system must be geared towards achieving inclusive growth and development. It must be an inclusive process by all of the world nation states.”

“We reject the idea that countries must pursue their self-interests at the cost and to the detriment of our shared prosperity,” he said.

Source:  IOL


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